(Topic ID: 91930)

EM Backglass repaint: white areas around score reels

By JC_Pins

6 years ago

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#1 6 years ago

I need to repaint the white around the score reel areas on my Surfer.
My current plan is:
1) Tape off the clear areas
2) Lightly cover outside white area to avoid over-spray
3) Spray the white areas before triple thick, so the white will merge better with existing white
4) Triple thick entire glass (except masked clear areas)

Any other recommendations?
Should I triple thick before doing the white? Should I razor blade off all the original white?

Anyone have pics of this same type touch-up? I know this is a pretty typical condition issue.


Pics of current condition:

#2 6 years ago

You might consider just scraping it off and starting over. Otherwise you will have several different levels of darkness.

#3 6 years ago

Been there, done that. Heres how:

Forget taping anything, tape and backglass seldom play nice.

Cut squares out of poster board the same size as the areas that need to remain clear.

Take Q-tips and windex and clean the "windows",

Spray the cut pieces of posterboard with a LOW tack spray adhesive and let them sit for a minute or two.

Take a hobby size exacto knife and stick one of the pieces of posterboard to it and use the exacto to line it up to the window. Then press down on the posterboard, keep your finger on it and twist the exacto until it comes off and press the piece in place. If you dont like the placement use the exacto to lift it and re align it. Scraped some of the white in the process? Who cares you're painting it over anyway.

Once all the window pieces are in place cut another piece of posterboard with a whole big enough to mask off the white area. DO NOT SPRAY WITH ADHESIVE. This piece can be held down with a few quarters, overspray is no big deal because the area flush to the white is silvered out and shows no light. Cut a few more larger pieces of posterboard to cover the general area as a whole but just lay them in place.

The paint to use is Bullseye spray primer in a rattle can. Shake it...alot. test it on a scrap piece of posterboard and when your comfortable with how it acts. Lay a quick coat, do not look to cover in one coat. Check all your masked areas if everything acted as it should spray another coat or two until covered.

Once dry carefully use the exacto to remove the pieces covering the windows, any residual spray adhesive can either be scraped with a razor or wiped with a q-tip and denatured alcohol. If using the denatured alcohol wring the q-tip out as it WILL remove your fresh white paint.

Good luck!

#4 6 years ago

see below

#5 6 years ago

I just used white acrylic with a brush, went gently and it was not as bad as yours



touched up




#6 6 years ago

That looks WAY better than I would ever have guessed possible.
Nice work.
Chris Hibler - CARGPB #31
http://www.PinWiki.com - The new place for pinball repair info

3 years later
#7 2 years ago

Time to bring the post back to life.

Hers a pic of a glass that I'm trying to touch up. Would you recommend spraying just the area around the cracks, or the entire white area?

another option could be to use a brush on the cracks themselves.

Also, white acrylic or bullseye primer? It's a GTB Volley.

(the blue is from the tarp that the glass was on)


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